Camping is a truly unique experience that can’t be measured with hotel stars rating. You won’t find a ceiling with the brightest constellations and stars anywhere, or sleep with the sounds of true nature and wilderness. If you’ve ever found yourself in Australia, check out the best camping spots around the coastline, bushlands and forests.
Cape Le Grand National Park, WA
For the most spectacular coastal scenery, check out the Cape le Grand National Park, located about a 40-minute drive from Esperance. You’ll find established campsites, such as Cape Le Grand Campground and Lucky Bay Campground with camp kitchens, gas for the barbecue, picnic tables, drinking water and solar powered showers. The coastline offers many bays for picnics, like Hellfire Bay or Lucky Bay, or a whistling windy caves, like Thistle Cove.
Fitzgerald River National Park, WA
One of the most diverse botanical regions in the world, the Fitzgerald River National Park stretches over West Australia’s south coast, and it holds the most diverse species of flowering plants and endangered animal species. Beaches and rocky mountains provide fishing, canoeing, bushwalking, camping and whale watching. The centre of the park is accessible only by foot, but there are several camping sites around the park, like St Mary’s Inlet camping area, Fitzgerald Inlet camping area or Shire reserve camping area, where you can enjoy fishing and swimming apart from other activities, and sleeping under the starry night sky with the sound of whales in the ocean.
Booderee National Park, NSW
Booderee National Park offers the access to one of its three most popular coastline areas. Green Patch camping area has a natural setting and discrete campsites, and Bristol Point and Cave Beach are more suitable for lighter camping. The camping areas are unpowered, but if you’re heading there in June or July, you can witness an amazing annual whale migration.
Mitchell River National Park, WA
The Mitchell River National Park is a tempting destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers. It is a nature reserve of unspoilt natural beauty, and also one of the most remote and inaccessible spots to get to. Canoeing or rafting through the river will get you to see most of the park, but don’t miss a splendid view at the Mitchell Falls, located 6 km from the camping site.
Grampians National Park, Vic
One of Victoria’s most popular weekend destinations, Grampians National Park is surrounded with mountain ranges of the same name and forests rich in wildlife. It is also a great and very popular venue for camping. Here you can camp with your caravan or motor-home. Consider finding a place with new caravans for sale, and get one as they are highly practical if well-equipped. You can take your whole family for a weekend trip to stay in one of the family-friendly spots with tennis courts, pools and bike hire.
Karijini National Park, WA
It’s West Australia’s second largest park, known for its majestic rocky red slopes and ancient geological formations. Walking and hiking through wild and rough terrain is where the actions is, but you can also enjoy swimming in one of the spectacular natural pools, like Circular Pool or Fortescue Falls. Camping is available in two spots. Dales Campground, and privately run Karijini Eco Retreat with eco cabins and tents. Both are suitable for caravans, trailers and tents, and although unpowered, there are generator sites available, as well as toilets and barbecue gas.
Mount Kaputar National Park, NSW
Mt Kaputar National Park is located at the base of Mount Kaputar, a volcano that was active about 20 million years ago. It is a habitat of a wide range of flora and fauna, and also a great camping site. It’s particularly attractive for rock climbers. With its altitude of 1510 meters, it offers the most breathtaking 360-degree view. Camping areas are Bark Hut and Dawsons Spring. They are equipped with picnic tables, barbeque facilities, toilets and showers. It is advised to pack a pair of binoculars for bird watching.